The pursuit of excellence in his musical knowledge and craft is a crucial facet of Earl
MacDonald’s persona. His unwavering diligence and seemingly inexhaustible
commitment to the jazz art form are apparent in his performing, writing and teaching.
MacDonald is set to release his fifth album as a bandleader — “Open Borders.” For this
project, the two-time JUNO-award nominee assembled a lean and mean 10-piece
band, capable of capturing the intimate subtleties of a jazz combo, or packing the
walloping punch of a full big band. In an age where divisions are often highlighted
more than commonalities, Open Borders illustrates the effectiveness and beauty that
comes from bringing together people of different backgrounds, life experiences,
perspectives and skillsets, to openly collaborate.
MacDonald’s last two CDs received JUNO nominations for jazz album of